Muted excitement as Lidl opens its new store on Tottenham Court Road

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There was somewhat muted excitement for shoppers this morning as German supermarket chain Lidl opened its first central London store on Tottenham Court Road, during a pandemic. Normally I'd be thrilled about the opening of a new food store close to home but shopping has lost much of its pleasure and become one of the …

A Philadelphia-themed diner and bar on Cleveland Street is adapting to change to continue trading

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While most hot food businesses have shut up shop due to the effects of the Covid-19 lockdown others are adapting and delivering a new service. One such business is Passyunk Avenue on Cleveland Street -- a Philadelphia-themed food, cheese steak, and dive bar named after a thoroughfare running diagonally through the dense network of downtown …

Independent cycle shops beat the corporate giants by continuing to serve customers

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Fitzrovia's two independent cycle shops are beating the large chain stores by continuing to provide a service for customers during difficult circumstances. Under new legislation cycle shops along with food shops are allowed to continue to trade as long as they follow strict social distancing guidelines to protect their customers and staff from the coronavirus. …

Mouth-wateringly good, baked comfort food to take away on Warren Street

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By Stephen Heath For those struggling for a glimmer of cheer in these grim times, I do recommend a brisk walk (or two) up to Shaheen Peerbhai's Miel Bakery on Warren Street. Unlike its now boarded up neighbour, our other favourite foodie haunt, the iconic Honey & Spice, it is still open and offering a limited …

Lidl to open its first central London store on Tottenham Court Road

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German supermarket chain Lidl has announced it will open its first central London store on Tottenham Court Road next summer. Lidl will takeover and refurbish the Sainsbury’s store near Warren Street tube station, reports the Guardian and other media. It will be a full-sized Lidl store with a 1,300m2 shop floor, selling its full range …

Post Office at The Plaza Oxford Street to close

Fitzrovia will have only one Post Office to serve more than 8,000 residents and tens of thousands of workers and visitors after the branch in the W H Smith store at the Plaza Centre on Oxford Street closes on Wednesday. The only remaining Post Office serving the neighbourhood will be the Crown Post Office on the …

‘Quality products’ and ‘friendly staff’ will be missed if store closes say customers

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Customers of the Waitrose in Tottenham Court Road will miss the friendly and helpful staff as well as the quality products if plans to close the shop go ahead this spring. Shoppers were greeted this week with a notice in the window of the branch of the "little" store at 227-233 Tottenham Court Road which announced its planned …

Cake shop opens in ‘pretty Fitzrovia’

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Goodge Street's newest shop sells cakes that are "made with love and taste delicious", says Stephanie Buchanan who's been with Konditor & Cook just seven weeks and is now managing the new store. The Goodge Street bakery which opened to serve customers at 11 am this morning adds to the small number of premises the company has in …

Printers leave Westminster for Camden in shop swap

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They've been in Cleveland Street for nearly 30 years and now they've moved to their third premises. Western Printers were forced out of their old shop by development plans but when we visited them this week they were all smiles and happy to be in their new shop, even though it is smaller. Husband and …

Crowdfunded shop trades beyond social convention

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A new shop in Warren Street looks at first sight like yet another fashionable cafe with its window display showing off an array of quiches, cakes and a shiny new coffee machine. But the new venture promises to be very different from its neighbouring businesses in many different ways. Coffee, Cake & Kisses was started by Amanda and …

My computer repair shop has not closed, says owner

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In the latest printed edition of Fitzrovia News (FN135) we reported that LK Computers Ltd in Charlotte Street had closed. This was incorrect and we apologise for the error. We stated in the column "Opening and closing shops" on page 9 that LK Computers at 64 Charlotte Street was one of the closed shops. However, we should …

This charmed lifestyle on Grafton Way

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A new food, drink and homewares shop has opened on the corner of Grafton Way and Whitfield Street. Its owner boasts that they sell fine food and only products "made in London". Named Ben's House after owner Ben Leask it is very much a personal project. Leask says that after working for others in neighbouring Marylebone …

Festive food and a puppet show at Pollock’s toy shop

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Pollock's toy shop will be open late for Christmas shopping for one night only in December, and customers can enjoy some free mince pies, mulled wine, gingerbread men, and view a traditional puppet show. The Toy Shop is located within Pollock's Toy Museum on the corner of Scala Street and Whitfield Street. "The late night opening will be an …

Art shop at the heart of the swinging 60s will be priced out of Soho

Pioneering Soho art suppliers Cowling & Wilcox looks set to close around Easter 2014 after trading in Broadwick Street since 1961. Landlords Great Portland Estates (GPE) have applied for planning permission from Westminster Council to demolish and redevelop St Lawrence House at 26-34 Broadwick Street. GPE who own £2.5bn of real estate – most of …

Set the controls to the heart of Store Street

By Pete Whyatt For musicians over many years Chas E Foote’s music store was a land mark in Golden Square. Charles Ernest Foote started the shop in Hornsey Road in 1920. In the 1930s it relocated to Soho and was bought by the Della-Porta family — the founders of Premier Percussion — where it sold …

Charlotte Street buildings empty and boarded up for no good reason

It looks like a run-down part of the street to the passer-by. But don't be fooled, it is nothing of the sort. Three shops along Charlotte Street are empty because the landlord emptied them and wants to redevelop the site. But the owners of the premises were so impatient that they couldn't wait to get …

A quartet of musical instrument shops are still popular destinations

By Peter Whyatt J P Guiver & Co in Mortimer  Street claim to be the oldest violin dealer in England and is one of four specialist music shops still surviving in Fitzrovia. Guiver's specialise in violins, violas, cellos and bows. They have a world renowned selection of conductor’s batons, and sell strings, cases and accessories. …